Things that did wonders for my mental health:
having enough sleep and a fixed sleeping and waking time ( at least on the weekdays)
starting my day with gratitude (things to be grateful for: being alive, having a body, a mind, a soul, health, family, friends, food and water, safety, a roof over your head, your education, your job, your free time... seriously there is so much to be grateful for) and praying for my family’s wellbeing
any type of movement - it can be as light or as intense as you’d like it to be: stretch in bed, hop on your yoga mat, go for a walk, go to the gym...
showering = instant rebirth
diligently doing your skincare routine
nourishing your body. no counting calories/ no restricting. feeding your body all the nutrients it needs to function
making a to-do list in the morning
journaling at night
reading before bed
doing a monthly habit tracker
having enough time to get ready in the morning and not rushing
checking in with your loved ones weekly
listening to podcasts - especially motivational and uplifting ones
learning something new everyday - never underestimate the power of those 4- 8 minutes educational videos on youtube
allowing myself to make mistakes
our brains are seriously gullible. you will really believe whatever you hear yourself say over and over. please, stop, even in “good spirits” or being funny, please stop all of the self deprication. i won’t even type out examples, but whatever you say about yourself, you should know it isn’t true or helpful to keep reinforcing.
instead, look in the mirror and tell yourself positive things. “i am doing my best. i am worthy of love and support. i am a good person. i am beautiful. i am fun to be around.” whatever you need to hear. OUT LOUD. every day. you will start to believe it, just like you have started to believe all the mean things you tell yourself. you can’t always choose what others say about you, but you can definitely choose what you say and who you spend time listening to.
Summer Glow-Up Guide
Summer vacations have started for most people, meaning it's the perfect time to start working on yourself, adopt new habits and improve your health. You guys asked me for a glow-up guide, so here we go! <3
Eating healthier, let's be real; we all know that the first step to a healthy glow a healthy diet is. Try adding some smoothies, proteins (like yogurt, chicken, tofu...), and healthy fats (avocados, nuts...) to your meals.
Skincare. Now is the perfect time to try some new products! My favorite brands are The Ordinary, La Roche Posay, Pixi, Lancome, and Neutrogena.
Meditation, 5-10 minutes in the morning, is enough; it helps you to focus, calm down and be mindful. You can find guided meditation videos on youtube.
New Hairstyle, get a new haircut, and try some new styles! (inspo on my Pinterest)
Journaling, I started journaling not too long ago and love it! It helps me plan my day and get things out of my mind.
Haircare, get a trim, and say bye to your split ends! you can also try some new products; I personally like Lush and Olaplex. (let me know if you want a long hair guide <3)
Practice your make-up skills! Something that helped me improve was practicing right before I shower, so I can just wash it off!
Deep cleaning room, vacuum, clean your windows, empty your trash, and so on...
Get a manicure, I'm personally a long acrylics type of girl, but even if that's not your thing, a simple manicure makes a HUGE difference. Clean nails are a must!!
Drinking more, I probably don't have to tell you that, lol.
Self-tan contour, not having to wear make-up is such a flex so let's just fake that make-up-less beauty by contouring with self-tanner ;)
New outfits that fit, it's time to get some new stuff that makes you feel beautiful and confident!
Exercising and getting toned feels awesome! try some youtube workouts; my favorites are from Daisy Keech, she's so sweet <3
New jewelry, get some cute signature pieces; you can also look for some unique pieces while on vacation and keep them as memories.
Fresh Instagram feed, go and takes some pictures! You can look for inspiration on my Pinterest; I have a board called 'Pictures to recreate' that might be helpful!
Find a signature scent; this is something fun you can do with your friends! Go to Sephora and just try perfumes until you find one that fits you.
Sleep schedule, even though it's tempting to stay up late, now is the perfect time to fix your sleep schedule.
Go out every day, go for a walk, listen to a podcast, take some pictures, you know it...
Read more; it really calms your mind and helps you relax.
Facemasks, I do facemasks at least twice a week
Down below I also listed some 'Challange Days' that you can try when you don't have anything planned and don't want to waste your day!
•┈••✦ Self-care-day ✦••┈•
meditate + exercise
shave (if you like)
skincare (morning + evening)
try the self-tan contour
get your nails done
don't skip breakfast (My favorite meal!)
call a friend
go on a walk + listen to music or a podcast
track your water intake
go to sleep early
•┈••✦ Deep clean day ✦••┈•
throw away everything that doesn't fit you anymore
throw away old makeup (IT CAN EXPIRE)
change your bed sheets
vacuumed the floor
clean your windows
clean every surface
empty your trash
re-organize your closet
do your laundry
clean all your shoes
delete all the apps you don't use
clean your camera roll
get a carpet cleaner and clean your carpets
wash all your pillowcases
As always, please feel free to add more suggestions and ideas in the comment section! <3
✩‧₊*:・love ya ･:*₊‧✩